Save the Senior Citizens Center

I read with interest an article in the T-R on Wednesday of last week. You always know it is important when it is on the front page above the fold. (City weighs future of the Senior Citizens building.)

For 24 years I worked in the senior citizens building as director of the Marshalltown Senior Citizens Center and have enjoyed the last seven years as an active senior participant.

The problem with the senior building is one we are all familiar with. “Related to the high expenditures to keep the facility open is the overall condition of the building,” Kinser said. “The city has not invested the resources to keep the building in a good operating condition.”

Jessica Kinser is the city administrator. As tax paying citizens we have accepted the practice too many times in the past.

In 1972, a group of concerned citizens worked to establish a place for seniors to meet. Some of the original programs are still in existence 46 years later: Tuesday night bingo and shuffleboard. Fun fact, the senior center building has the only regulation sized indoor shuffleboard court in Iowa.

It has been suggested the seniors could be moved somewhere else, maybe the Coliseum or the YMCA-YWCA Cultural Center. Our shuffleboard court is going to be difficult to move.

If you aren’t familiar with the senior citizens building, call Bobbi Reeder at 641-754-5744 and ask questions or ask for a tour of the building. Please, if you care about the present and future seniors in Marshalltown, have a handicap accessible building with convenient, safe parking, to meet and spend time with peers, call your council person and advocate for the 60+ crowd.

Attend the council meeting at 5:30 p.m. on June 11. Speak up before it is too late.